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Demystifying the Hiring Process – Panel Session

Back by popular demand!

When: Thursday, April 24, 6-8pm
Where: ART New York – 520 8th Avenue (between w. 36th and 37th St.), 3rd floor. (A/C/E or 1/2/3 to 34th St.) [directions]

Registration is required:


What role does the traditional hiring committee play in the academic library hiring process? Who serves? How do they prepare? What happens during the day-long interview process? And what happens after the candidate leaves—how are decisions made?

Gain insight from four veterans of the hiring process, whose experience derives from a variety of academic library contexts and roles. We’d also like to hear from you: what are your experiences as a member of a hiring committee, as a new hire or as a job candidate? Bring your questions and your experience.


Madeline Ford, Chief Librarian | Hostos Community College Library, CUNY

Madeline Ford is currently serving as the Chief Librarian and the Chair of the Education Department at Hostos Community College, CUNY.   She has held library positions at Baruch, Hunter, Lehman, and Medgar Evers.  Madeline has served as the President of the Library Association of the City University of New York and the New York Black Librarians’ Caucus.   Her research interests are in the areas of information fluency, outreach, reference services, and immigration and migration of Caribbean born individuals.

Michael W. Handis, Special Projects Librarian | The Graduate Center, CUNY

Michael W. Handis currently works as the Reference and Metadata Librarian at the Graduate Center. As an administrator, cataloger and writer, Michael has witnessed the hiring process in libraries, having served on several search committees. He took three months of his sabbatical to live in Greece and study the archaeological ruins of ancient libraries. Last year, he had a chapter published by Cambridge on Galen and the Alexandrian library.

Mellissa Hinton, Assistant Dean, Technical & Digital Services | LIU Post

Mellissa J. Hinton has over thirty years of experience at the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library of LIU Post.  In her current position as Assistant Dean of Technical and Digital Services, she oversees acquisitions, cataloging, and digital initiatives.  She earned a B.A. in English from SUNY Oswego, an M.S. in information science from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, an M.A. in English from LIU Post, and a D.A. in English from St. John’s University.

Kathryn G. Shaughnessy, Emerging Technologies & Instruction Librarian | St. John’s University Libraries

At St. John’s, Kathryn is the librarian coordinator for the Libraries’ Technology Lab, and serves as the embedded Librarian for the university’s Global Development & Social Justice MA program. She is a  Senior Fellow for both the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Vincentian Center for Church and Society (VCCS). Her research interests include the promotion of Social Justice literacy, information literacy & technology literacy  in academic and civil sectors, focusing on information ethics, open access and scholarly communication initiatives. Externally, she serves as an expert observer for the Holy See Mission to the UN on matters related to  Gender and Information-Communication Technologies, and most recently, she was named a Community Representative for the Digital Public Library of America.

Haruko Yamauchi, Instruction and Reference Librarian | Hostos Community College, CUNY

Haruko Yamauchi (co-chair of the NLDG) is a recent survivor of the academic hiring process, and happily accepted her first full-time librarian position in August 2013, eight months after earning her MLS from Queens College.  She has an MFA in creative writing from the New School, an AB in visual arts from Brown, and is currently an instruction and reference librarian at Hostos Community College (CUNY).  She is a midlife career changer who learned that years of non-library experience (in arts education, writing, program facilitation, and translating, among other things) can be successfully transferred to the library world.

This event is co-sponsored by ACRL/NY’s New Librarian’s Discussion Group and the Mentoring Program. Light refreshments will be served.

Haruko Yamauchi, co-chair, New Librarian’s Discussion Group
Linda Miles, co-chair, New Librarian’s Discussion Group
Susanne Markgren, coordinator, Mentoring Program

Space is limited. Register here.

ACRL/NY Member: $5.00
ACRL Member: $7.00
Non member: $10.00


We hope to see you there!